An organization within Denmark published a study yesterday, made by Dwarf and Userneeds, showing that Facebook is the cause of $2 billion in loss of working hours. In a country with a population of 5,500,000 people, around 55,000 of them spend more than 30 minutes of their work day on Facebook, meaning a loss of $2 billion in terms of working hours – every day.
Some organizations suggests that employers should simply block Facebook, while others recommend not to do so, as young employees these day expect access to Facebook and if they can’t have it, they will move to other companies where they can, since modern communication is not only telephone and e-mail any more.
Out of the 5.5 million people, 1.9 million of them between the age of 16 and 65, has a profile on Facebook. Only Iceland and Norway has a bigger population percentage with Facebook profiles.
I’m not really sure what we can use this study for. People who smoke might as well also spend a total of 30 minutes taking smoke breaks every day (I’m sure 55,000 people out of 5 million would do so), the same goes with reading online newspapers and personal e-mail.